Saving Louisiana, Part 1

July 3, 2011

The Republican Party has lost its way, especially in Louisiana. The one Grand Old Party is now as corrupt and devoid of the founder’s ideals as the Democratic Party. All of those who have been elected need to be challenged in the primaries so that those who are not standing for core conservative principles can be removed and those who do serve the people’s will be reminded that the office they hold can be ended at any time if they should wonder away from conservative principles. This is part one of my plan to save Louisiana and preserve our God given rights as men.

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 The Nation as a whole is facing some tough times, and consequently governors and legislatures nationwide are having to makes some unprecedented, and sometimes unpopular, choices in order to maintain solvency. For decades America has been blessed with a strong economic output and a stable dollar. We have managed to succeed financially even with poor decisions such as tax increases, expanding government, and increases in the welfare society. The simple truth is those days are over and we here in Louisiana must be among those that are willing to make the hard choices to lead this Nation out of the wilderness. I have eleven steps to begin this journey to restoring common sense in Baton Rouge and ultimately helping lead this Great Nation off of the edge of the cliff:

1) We must restore Louisiana as the “Gateway to the Americas”. Just thirty years ago Louisiana was a mecca for Latin American manufacturers; nearly everything that needed to be shipped to the United States from that region of the world came through New Orleans. Unfortunately, we have lost nearly all of that to Houston, Atlanta, and other cities across America. Our elected officials need to make infrastructure a top priority. Our State’s ports, highways, railroads, and airports must be unified under a single authority to put for an amalgamated strategy to regain lost business and compete on a global scale for highly sought after manufacturing plants and other corporate relocations. Regaining the lost prestige of being a major transportation hub would bring in not only manufacturers, but also many supporting jobs would be created in areas such as law, insurance, and the restaurant industry. Louisiana, if managed properly, has more potential than anywhere else being relatively centralized in North America, having access to the Mississippi River, and I-10 one of the busiest interstate in the Country spanning from California to Florida. We mustn’t let these resources go to waste. Rather, we must ensure they are used to their fullest potential. Railroads must be expanded to provide an affordable, alternative overland shipping option. Airports must run in such a way as to maximize their economic output in correlation with our other transportation means. Roadways across the state need to be refurbished and improved under a ten year plan. This plan would provide that in the first years the state would concentrate on coordinating the traffic lights and improving the interstates. Next, state highways would be revitalized starting with the most populous parishes where corporations are most likely to want to relocate to and expanding out from there to the smaller parishes. It is through this concentrated effort that we will become once again the obvious choice for transport.

2) ) Our nation is facing 9% unemployment. We have millions of people on welfare. There is no reason to allow millions of immigrants to illegally enter our country and take jobs that Americans could do. We need to empower our state and local law enforcement to determine citizenship status of those they encounter during the normal course of an investigation and detain those who are found to be here illegally. We need to ensure those who are here illegally do not receive public funds through welfare, Medicaid, or other government service by requiring proof of citizenship upon application for such services. It should be a criminal offense under Louisiana’s criminal code to knowingly hire an illegal immigrant, and all applicants should be required to be e-verified by businesses that intend to hire them. Additionally, the state of Louisiana should not accept any foreign driver’s license without an accompanying visa or green card as an acceptable form of identification. Lastly, the state needs to criminalize the transport of illegal aliens in a motor vehicle. Passing these measures would send a clear message to all illegals in this nation that they need to “stay out of Louisiana”. As more states pass comparable laws, we can eventually get this pandemic under control.

3) ) A nationwide survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently stated that nearly two-thirds of business leaders would consider a state’s litigation climate when deciding where to locate a business, and it is of no surprise to find that Louisiana is one of the most litigious states in the Union. How are we ever going to convince businesses to relocate to our state if they have to live in constant fear of being brought to court to defend baseless claims? We need real tort reform in this state. The first step is a common sense change; legislation needs to be written clearly and decisively. Louisiana is the only “Civil Law” state in the nation. Under civil law there is no principle of court precedence; therefore every time a lawsuit is brought up the law can be interpreted differently even before the same court! This causes businesses to never be certain of what is expected of them and allows plenty of openings for trial lawyers to attack. Second, we need to implement a “loser pays” law. Such a law would allow for the defendant in a lawsuit to countersue the plaintiff and the plaintiff’s attorney for damages resulting from a frivolous case. Such a law would greatly reduce the number of “gamble” lawsuits; suits that are brought about simply on the off chance that the judge will rule in the plaintiffs favor. Lastly, caps on damages must be implemented to avoid excessive awards to be paid out to those who did not actually suffer such a loss. While more would still need to be done, these three actions would solve most of our problems with litigation.

4) Louisiana could be one of the wealthiest states in the Union if only we were allowed to fully exploit our abundant energy reserves. Energy sector jobs are amongst the best paying opportunities available and the industries that produce these resources are some of the largest corporations in the world. As of 2003, before Obama’s Oil Moratorium was even implemented further crippling our state’s annual output, Louisiana’s oil production had fallen to only 17% of its 1970 peak. Natural gas hasn’t fared much better with the state only putting out 25% of what it did in that same year. This has wreaked havoc on our tax revenue and has crippled our ability to grow this state and be competitive with our neighbors. Our state must use our tenth amendment powers to take back control over our natural resources. The commerce clause was never meant to reach so deeply into the lives of Americans, and it certainly was never meant to be used as a tool by those who wish economically harm our nation in order to “redistribute the wealth” around the globe. Louisiana should open up state lands to drilling and the construction of new plants and allow the State’s Attorney General to defend us in Court if the Obama Regime should decide to take action.

5) ) Lastly, our state needs to reform our tax system. Texas, Florida, Arizona, and other states have shown that one of the best ways to encourage businesses to relocate to our state is to eliminate the state income tax. A proposal has been brought up, but ultimately our elected officials decided to punt on the issue and rewrite the legislation to form a committee to study the concept rather than taking the decisive action that is necessary to stimulate our state’s economy. The state of Louisiana needs to pass legislation that would phase out our state’s income tax over a ten year period. This move would be paid for through a combination of increased sales tax revenue from economic stimulation from this bold new economic plan, decreased government spending across the board, and to a lesser extent a gradual implementation of increased property and sales taxes. These increased taxes will have sunset clauses so they may more easily be eliminated as our economy grows and the state no longer needs the supplemental income. Ultimately, the goal is to have low taxes across the board in combination with the other improvements mentioned previously in an effort to become the Nation’s economic powerhouse. The Louisiana Method will become the new standard for wealth creation!

These first five concepts focus on job creation, because without people having a means of earning a living they will continue to move to other areas ultimately taking with them their Louisiana Heritage. This wonderful culture must not be diluted; it must be preserved for future generations. In the next article I will put forth my next five points that will take on the overall culture of corruption that has enveloped our politicians and many of our residents.

up FOR thE cup OR DOWN IN DuMpS? RUGBY COUNTDOWN TO WORLD CUP Ireland must raise game for NZ.(Sport)

The Mirror (London, England) August 30, 2011 Byline: MICHAEL SCULLY iRelaND depart for Queenstown in New Zealand at 5pm today, boarding flight ei176 to begin their 2011 World cup finals adventure.

It’s an onerous task on the back of four warm-up Test defeats, demoting Ireland to eighth place in the world ratings – their joint worst-ever position.

Declan Kidney’s stated aim in the build-up was to give each member of his panel approximately 160 minutes of game time.

However it hasn’t turned out that way. Of the 30, only 14 got to play 150 minutes or more in the four Test games ahead of the opening World Cup clash with the US Eagles on Sunday week.

MICHAEL SCULLY assesses the form of the 30 men who have been charged with the mission of reaching the semi-finals for the first time.

RORY BEST StIll Ireland’s best scrummager among the hookers chosen but did his case for selection harm with wayward throwing against France.Warm-up Test game: time V Fra (a) 60 mins, V Fra (h) 60 mins, V Eng 30 mins TOMMY BOWE A Foot injury prevented the ospreys flyer from being involved prior to Saturday’s defeat to England, so Ireland’s main attacking threat is yet to get up to full speed.

May be asked to fill in at centre at some stage. Warm-up Test game time: V Eng 80 mins SEAN CRONIN DoESN’t bode well for the new leinster hooker that his only test exposure was an hour against Scotland in the warm-up opener.

He provides a different option in the loose. Warm-up Test game time: V Scot 61 mins ISAAC BOSS Not one of the bookies’ favourites to make the cut but earned his place on the back of robust performances for leinster.

offers a physical edge at scrum-half.

Warm-up Test game time: V Scot 19mins TONY BUCKLEY oNE of the luckiest players to make the journey.

Did little to push his claims over the past four weeks.

Remains an enigma. Warm-up Test game time: V Scot 61 mins, V Fra (a) 29mins TOM COURT Got some extra game time in an Ulster shirt but may have been better to give the utility front row more test exposure.

Clearly a reserve choice but will still have to play his part in the pool stages. Warm-up Test game time: V Scot 61 mins, V Fra (h) 30mins, V Eng 10 mins LEO CULLEN CloSE to being a first pick at second row alongside Paul o’Connell.

Brings leadership, as well as a calm head to the line-out. Deserves to start after so long in reserve. Warm-up Test game time: V Scot 61 mins, V Fra 51 mins KEITH EARLS REvEAlED his fear of wearing the No.22 jersey but did his hopes of avoiding that fate no good by playing poorly out of position.

A winger, not a centre! Warm-up Test game time: V Fra (a) 80 mins, V Fra (h) 80 mins, V Eng 80 mins JERRY FLANNERY HIS return was a heartening cameo during a dispiriting month. go to site driving test game

this was a make or break time for the combative hooker and he took his chance.

Should be first choice, but picked up a shin injury against England. Warm-up Test game time: V Fra (a) 29 mins, V Fra (h) 80 mins, V Eng 35 mins JAMIE HEASLIP oNly flashes of his best form to date, and that has to radically change. Withdrawn with head wound against England.

Can drift out of games. Warm-up Test game time: V Fra (a) 29 mins, V Fra (h) 80 mins, V Eng 35 mins GORDON D’ARCY FEElING his way back after surgery but needs to step things up after two non-descript warm-up showings. Defence remains solid but offering little in attack. Warm-up Test game time: V Fra (h), 67 mins V Eng 80 mins STEPHEN FERRIS HIGHlIGHt of the nonshow against England.

A characteristic blood and guts display, showing Sean o’Brien wasn’t the first Irishman to blast through the line.

Fingers crossed the knee stays strong. Warm-up Test game time: V Fra (a)20 mins, V Eng 80 mins CIAN HEALY WoRRyING to see the prop come off against England and have his departure delayed due to an eye injury. web site driving test game

A crucial cog in the front row. Warm-up Test game time: V Fra (a) 61 mins, V France (h) 50 mins, V Eng 70 mins SHANE JENNINGS MAkES it at the last minute for the unfortunate David Wallace, and goes as the only natural openside in the panel.

turned the Heineken Cup final in May so a potential gamechanger.

Warm-up Test game time: V Fra (h) 60 mins ROB KEARNEY StRoNG showing against Scotland, ending a frustrating period out. However must show he can link with his back three. Warm-up Test game time: V Scot 80 mins, V Fra (a) 47 mins FERGUS MCFADDEN CoUlD have been his sharp display against Connacht that got him the nod ahead of luke Fitzgerald.

Regardless, McFadden deserves this shot, having looked consistently effective on the wing and at centre. Warm-up Test game time: V Scot 80 mins, V Fra (a) 13 mins, V Eng 9 mins CONOR MURRAY tHE big winner from the selection process and now poised to fight for game time.

Nothing seems to faze this young No.9. Warm-up Test game time: V Fra (a) 20 mins, V Eng 18 mins D. O’CALLAGHAN PlACE has to be under threat from leo Cullen after less than convincing season start in the second row. Needs to find the fire of old if he’s to be a central figure in his third finals. Warm-up Test game time: V Fra (a) 80 mins, V Fra (h) 75 mins, V Eng 80 mins DENIS LEAMY tHE versatility of the tipp forager across the back-row is of even more importance now , given David Wallace’s unavailability. May start against the US and Russia – after that, a bench role is likely.

Warm-up Test game time: V Scot 80 mins, V Fra (a) 51 mins, V Eng 58 mins GEORDAN MURPHY ClASSy display against England will give the veteran full-back optimism he’ll enjoy more game time than in 2007.

A reassuring presence. Warm-up Test game time: V Eng 80 mins SEAN O’BRIEN A BANG on the knee against France makes him a real concern for the opener against the US.

With David Wallace gone, his presence is essential.

A vital and inspirational line-breaker. Warm-up Test game time: V Fra (a) 80 mins, V Fra (h) 80mins PAUL O’CONNELL tHE pack leader is looking fresh and ready for battle. It’s vital he gets the line-out up to scratch after an unconvincing summer series. Warm-up Test game time: V Fra (a) 29 mins, V Fra (h) 80 mins, V Eng 80mins BRIAN O’DRISCOLL tRAvElS as the mostcapped Irishman and his experience will be vital.

But a question mark remains about the skipper’s fitness. Will that shoulder hold out? Simple. It has to. Warm-up Test game time: V Fra (h) 80 mins EOIN REDDAN INtERCEPt pass thrown against England a reminder that the scrum-half can lose focus but deserves current status as first pick.

Needs to make the impact from the start he did off the bench at home to France. Warm-up Test game time: V Fra (a) 60 mins, V Fra (h) 27 mins, V Eng 62 mins DONNACHA RYAN oNE of the few who stood out, earning the back five versatility slot.

An honest, tough competitor, and guaranteed to see game time off the bench. Warm-up Test game time: V Scot 52 mins, V Fra (a) 80 mins, V Eng 45 mins ANDREW TRIMBLE tHE only Irish player to start all four warm-ups, the strong and dependable winger also made the most of those opportunities and has played his way onto the team.

the form member of Declan kidney’s panel. Warm-up Test game time: V Scot 80 mins, V Fra (a) 67 mins, V Fra (h) 80 mins, V Eng 71 mins RONAN O’GARA FIGHtING the good fight not to be the replacement out-half in New Zealand – his wish may yet be granted if Ireland are forced to revert to territory game.

Warm-up Test game time: V Fra (a) 80 mins, V Fra (h) 13 mins, V Eng 62 mins MIKE ROSS A kEy figure whose fitness is crucial to hopes of getting out of the pool. Had his moments in the warm-ups but August was about getting up and running. Warm-up Test game time: V Fra (a) 70 mins, V Fra (h) 80 mins, V Eng 80 mins JONATHAN SEXTON HAS he done enough to secure that No.10 jersey for the Australia game? After this series of games, maybe not.

Ireland may go back to basics as the backline has misfired – and Jonny is more about the dash. Warm-up Test game time: V Scot 80 mins, V Fra (h) 80 mins, V Eng 18 mins PADDY WALLACE tHE third choice outhalf looked the part in the warm-up against Connacht. Remains a questionable selection, although some back up is required at No.10. Warm-up Test game time: V Scot 80 mins, V Fra (a) 80 mins CAPTION(S):

SORRY SEND OFF Ireland trudge off the pitch after Saturday’s defeat to England s


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